Football Federation of Belize
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB), formerly known as the Belize National Football Association (BNFA) and founded in 1980, is the governing body of football in Belize. It is a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), CONCACAF, and Union Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF).
Founding and executive bodies
Founding Fathers of the FFB were Mr. Delhart Courtney J.P, Sir George Brown (retired Chief Justice of Belize), Mr. Hubert Bradley and Mr. Daniel Edmund. Courtney served as the first President and retired in 1996. Other Presidents include Mr. Rafael Cal and Mr. Nick Pollard Jr.
Marlon Kuylen is currently the Acting President of the FFB until 2017 when a President will be elected at the 2017 Ordinary Congress. The FFB comprises three main bodies: Executive Committee, General Council and General Meeting.
The FFB is organized into several regional affiliates and leagues, which serve as a farm system for the Premier League of Belize.
The Premier League of Belize is the top football league in Belize. It is sanctioned by the professional division of the FFB and its teams are eligible for international competition.
Regional Affiliates and Football Leagues
- Premier League of Belize.
- Corozal Football Association.
- Orange Walk Football Association.
- Belize District Football Association.
- Belmopan Football Association.
- Cayo Football Association.
- Stann Creek Football Association.
- Toledo Football Association.
June 2011 suspension by FIFA
On 15 June 2011, Belize kicked off the Road to Brazil (2014 FIFA World Cup qualification) against minnows Montserrat, winning 2-5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for 19 June was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference. The FFB filed suit against Belize's Minister for Sports John Saldivar over the suspension; they were represented by Elson Kaseke.
- Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize - FIFA
- Humes, Aaron (2011-06-17). "FFB seeks judicial review of NSC de-certification". Amandala. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- "Attorney says Minister of Sports, John Saldivar, acting outside his powers". News 5 Belize. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
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